Environmental Health Specialist Sr.

Virginia Department of Health - Rappahannock-Rapidan Health District Company: Virginia Department of Health - Rappahannock-Rapidan Health District 

Location: Warrenton, Virginia (Fauquier County) 

Date Posted:  September 29, 2017

Application Deadline:  Open until filled

Employment Type: Full time

Salary: Negotiable to $53,000

Environmental Health Specialist Sr.

About the Position

As an Environmental Specialist, interprets and applies environmental laws, regulations, policies and procedures in order to determine compliance and reduce risks to the public health.

Primary responsibilities will include: onsite sewage, alternative discharge, and water services programs (private septic system permitting and inspections, data entry/evaluation of operation and maintenance reports, pump and haul inspections, discharge inspections, private well permitting and inspections). As well as, performing periodic sanitary inspections of food services for the Food Safety Program (documenting violations and recommending corrective action), inspecting and permitting migrant labor camps, tourist establishments (including TES pools) and temporary food booths at festivals and fairs, investigating animal bites following established guidelines for confinement and quarantine of animals or testing for rabies and investigating/documenting public health complaints and enforcing compliance with regulations (sewage, food-borne illnesses, water).

VDH offers a competitive compensation package in addition to an employer paid retirement, employer-paid life insurance, employer paid malpractice protection, employer-subsidized health insurance, pre-tax 457/401(a) deferred compensation plan with employer cash match up to $40/month, pre-tax medical reimbursement and child/elder care reimbursement plans, employer-paid short term and long term disability plan, annual leave, sick leave, and paid holidays.


Knowledge of microbiology, biology, geology/soils and hydraulics. Ability to interpret and enforce laws and regulations governing both onsite and food protection environmental health programs, as well as general environmental health programs such as rabies, according to VDH protocols. Ability to function as an integral part of a team, as well as to be tactful and communicate effectively in writing or orally to persons from all backgrounds and in a variety of situations, some stressful. Ability to analyze information and making recommendations. Problem solving skills are essential. Computer competency including, but not limited to, Microsoft Office and CAD related software. Position requires working outdoors and moderately strenuous physical labor during all seasons. Ability to access and walk over remote land parcels to read landscape position and topography. Must have or be able to complete training in VDH Soils and obtain DPOR Conventional Onsite Soil Evaluator (COSE) or DPOR Alternative Onsite Soil Evaluator (AOSE) credentials within 24 months and to be able to complete training in VDH Food Program and receive Food Standardization credentials within 18 months of employment. Applicants not meeting full knowledge and experience requirements may qualify for initial classification as an Environmental Health Specialist (4A).

Preferred Qualifications: Bachelors Degree in environmental health, environmental science, biology, geology or related science field or equivalent work experience preferred. VDH Certification in all applicable EH programs preferred. Knowledge and experience in use of HealthSpace, Venis, and Lotus Notes preferred. Licensed Onsite Soil Evaluator preferred.

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